Jim Steward, City of Cassville public works maintenance employee, was named Cassville's 2008 Employee of the Year during the city's annual awards banquet on Dec. 12.
"We have a lot of great staff members, but this year Jim really stood out," said Mike Hayslip, city administrator. "He would always come in with a positive attitude and he was very creative in his ability to solve problems.
"He is a Jack of all trades," said Hayslip. "He never complains about any task that we give him and he is always very pleasant to be around."
Steward, who has worked for the City of Cassville for 10 years, received a framed certificate in recognition of his outstanding service. His name will be added to the city's Employee of the Year plaque, which is displayed in the lobby of the Cassville City Hall.
Hayslip said that Steward received the majority of the votes cast by his co-workers this year. All annual city employee awards are chosen based on nominations submitted by city employees in compliance with criteria outlined for each award.
Other honorary awards distributed during the annual banquet included: the Attitude Award, which is given to an employee who exemplifies good morale, is courteous to the public and fellow employees and has an overall positive presence; the Shining Star Award, which is given to an employee who goes beyond normal job descriptions to help the public and city succeed; and the Teamwork Award, which is given to an employee who demonstrates good communication skills, is a positive role model and is willing to perform any task.
This year's recognized employees were: patrolman Don Bennett, Attitude Award; City Clerk Kelly Paul, Shining Star Award; and public works foreman Kenny Schieler, Teamwork Award. This is the second consecutive year that Schieler has received the special award.
In addition to the employee awards presented by Hayslip, Cassville Police Chief Lonnie McCullough presented Bennett with the 2008 Police Officer of the Year award.
"This is a great way to recognize the staff we have and the talents and abilities that they exhibit each year," said Hayslip. "It helps the community see the kind of people that are working for them, and it rewards the staff members for a job well done. These recognitions are special because they come from their co-workers."
During the banquet, perfect attendance awards were distributed to public works staff members Keith Gregory, Larry Privett and Jeff Stockton for one year of perfect attendance.
Hayslip and utility billing clerk Tina Rasmussen, received awards for two years of perfect attendance, and Paul received an award for four years of perfect attendance. An award was also presented to public works employee Dwayne Moller for six years of perfect attendance.
"I hope that Cassville residents see the quality of people that work for the city," said Hayslip. "These people work each day to make the community look and be better. They work tirelessly to utilize the limited resources we have to the benefit of the citizens of the community."
Hayslip encourages local residents to join him in congratulating recognized employees on a job well done.